No 33

‘Colombia is the country with the greatest diversity of coffee flavors’

October, 2017

What's Happening

‘Colombia is the country with the greatest diversity of coffee flavors’

• Over 100 exhibitors representing the production and commercial coffee chain will participate in Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017.
• The XII Colombian Barista Championship, the VII National Cup Tasters Championship, and the II National Brewers Cup will take place during the Expo.
• Colombia has been a pioneer in the global specialty coffee industry since the 1960s.


Bogotá, October 18, 2017 (FNC Press) – Colombia is not only the country with greatest diversity of coffee flavors, but the world’s leading provider of specialty coffee, the fastest-growing industry segment, said the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) CEO, Roberto Vélez, during the opening of Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017.

“Colombia is the country with the greatest diversity of coffee flavors, a country with such differences in latitudes, soils and environmental supply. All this produces a wide range of coffee profiles,” Vélez noted.

Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017 is Latin America’s leading specialty coffee fair and will take place in Corferias, Bogotá, until October 21st.

He recalled that since the 1960s Colombia has been a pioneer in the global specialty coffee industry by, for instance, betting on single origin of 100% Colombian coffee in a context dominated by blends, and by promoting the variety of highly differentiated specialty coffee it produces.

The range of sensory attributes that Colombian coffee features is even more complex than that of wine. This diversity encourages Colombian coffee consumers to explore the wide range of notes and nuances offered by each cup of coffee. “There is a Colombian specialty coffee for every palate and a palate for every Colombian coffee,” he said.

Vélez also stressed that coffee farming has become an important substitute for illicit crops. “Peasants who replace their illicit crops with coffee speak about their past with shame and about their present with pride.”

The number of domestic and foreign visitors the fair receives every year, its relevant academic agenda, and the possibility of doing business at the highest level have positioned it as a must-see event in the global coffee industry.

Over 100 exhibitors and 5,200 square meters

On over 5,200 square meters, more than 100 exhibitors representing the production and commercial coffee chain, from bean to cup, will participate in Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017. In order to promote the diversity of Colombian profiles and coffee regions, the expo will host a series of cup tastings and live auctions to offer the best microlots of the harvest of 2017’s first semester. Domestic and foreign customers will be able to evaluate the lots and participate in a live auction.

The XII Colombian Barista Championship, the VIII National Cup Tasters Championship, and the II National Brewers Cup are three events that have traditionally taken place within Cafés de Colombia Expo (formerly ExpoEspeciales). Year after year, the events are testimony of the growing skills and sophistication of the coffee professionals who participate.

Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017 is organized by the FNC in partnership with Bogotá International Business and Exhibition Center (Corferias).

A bit of history

Cafés de Colombia Expo 2017 (formerly ExpoEspeciales) has been able to renew itself by involving more and more actors of the coffee industry, including consumers. The first edition was held in 2008 in Neiva, Huila. Aiming at promoting different Colombian coffee regions, the expo was held in Ibagué (2009), Pasto (2010), Bogotá (2011 and 2013), Popayán (2012) and Medellín (2014).

Given the strategic location of the Colombian capital and Corferias’ optimal infrastructure for receiving more and more exhibitors and visitors, Bogotá (Corferias) has been the venue of the expo since 2015.

For further information and tickets visit: www.cafesdecolombiaexpo.com

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